Elsa SAHAL - Méandre, 2020

Elsa SAHAL, 2018, Galerie Papillon, Vue de l’exposition © Aurélien Mole, Courtesy galerie Papillon


Born in 1975 in Bagnolet, lives and works in Paris (France)

After graduating from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2000, and after a residency in Sèvres in 2007, Elsa Sahal benefited in 2008 from a solo show at the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard and was awarded the MAIF prize for sculpture.

She has notably participated in Ceramix - Bonnefantenmuseum and the Maison Rouge in 2016, in Women House - Monnaie de Paris and NMWA in Washington in 2017-2018, and in Picasso, baigneuses et baigneurs - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 2020.

She is represented by Galerie Papillon (FR), Nathalie Karg Gallery (USA), The Pill (TR).

The work for La Seine Musicale

Méandre by Elsa Sahal is an aquatic work. Composed of a long convolution that runs along the roof garden of the Seine Musicale, it seems to come out of an invisible world, carried to us by the waters of the Seine that surround it. Both a sea monster and armour, she evokes an ambiguous relationship between the living and the liquid element in which she evolves. Surrounded by aquatic flowers and corals, shaped in clay and enamelled with enamel on which walkers can sit, does this hybrid form blossom in symbiosis with its environment or is it struggling in the face of hostile terrain?

Méandre has been thought of as a landscape. It hugs the curves of Shigeru Ban's garden, inviting us to find refuge there and, perhaps, to meditate on our relationship with the living.

Aluminium and glazed ceramic
Unique piece
Courtesy Galerie Papillon, Paris, France